Monday, March 21, 2005

Player Updates

3B Dallas McPherson is making strides to try and return to the team in time for opening day according to the SGV Tribune. Manager Mike Scioscia denies there is any rush to return McPherson to the lineup and insists that his injured back will determine when he returns.
Once his back allows him to participate in baseball activities, McPherson essentially must start over in his preparation for the season.



3B Robb Quinlan is not making the most of his opportunity to start the season with the big club. Quinn is hitting is just .222 and has make two errors playing third in McPherson's absence. Though Quinlan did have a late 2-run single yesterday to help the Halos beat the White Sox 4-3.

OF Steve Finley, who celebrated his 40th birthday last week, has been on fire and raised his batting average to .450. The center fielder has yet to find his power-stroke this spring however with one double accounting for his only extra-base hit. With two weeks worth of spring training games left Finley's power numbers figure to improve with the extra at-bats. Finley was stricken with the flu that has terrorized major league camps around Arizona this spring but expects to play Tuesday according to the LA Times.

2B Alberto Callaspo - Though newly acquired Maicer Izturis has been getting more ink, Callaspo has been quietly having a spectacular spring for the Angels. The 22 year-old is hitting .481 and shockingly has a .667 slugging percentage, second-best on the team to C Jeff Mathis. Izturis by comparison is hitting .257 with a .286 slugging pct. Which begs the question, why is Izturis automatically the guy to back-up Chone Figgins to start the year?


IF/OF Lew Merloni
- the versatile utility player has been raking of late, Merloni is now hitting .344 with a pair of doubles and triples to his credit.

C Bengie Molina - Molina started back-to-back games for the first time this spring and launched a ball deep to right-center on Sunday that landed on the Tempe Diablo lawn. It was Molina's first blast of the spring.

SP Kelvim Escobar - who got off to a slow start due to a tight right shoulder threw three strong shut-out innings Sunday against the White Sox in his second appearance of the spring. According to the Times Scioscia said that Escobar was right on schedule and should "get up to 75 pitches next time, and he'll be ready to go." Escobar will start the year as the number five starter.

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